This morning as I was thinking about the above commandment, another way of looking at it came to thought. Man’s true identity can never be stolen from him as God’s precious child, whether it comes in the guise of illness, unflattering label or gossip. Man was/is made in the image and likeness of God and that fact never changes. Psalms 86:8 reads “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy O Lord, endureth for me.”
Man shall never experience loss of Good when his mind is on God!
Two of evil’s favorite weapons are self-condemnation and discouragement and are certainly not from God. When our hearts are filled with Love and Gratitude, those weapons have nothing in which to hold and attach themselves and are quickly dispelled as a dark room when the light is switched on. Philippians 4:6-7 reads “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Releasing self-absorption, we find peace and harmony.
“When you think about self, trouble grows and when you think about God (Love and Good), trouble goes!”
As Christmas approaches, I was pondering something to do for our five great-nieces and the idea struck me to decorate plastic containers for penny banks and put some coins in each to start. As I was studying my Bible Lesson, a couple of ideas flooded my thoughts which were perfect for this undertaking. I then remember hearing years ago that a Spiritual idea comes with all of it’s resources and that God takes you all the way and dots all the “i’s” and crosses all the “t’s”. This had been a spiritual idea.
Romans 15:13 reads, “May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith} that by the power of the Holy Sprit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”
That is exactly how I feel right now. Bubbling over with this creative idea, which is from God.
Yesterday at Church, we listened to readings on the prodigal son and we all have read this countless times, but this time it struck me differently. Before, I only thought that he had probably gone off with his inheritance and drank and went with loose women and spent all of his money. This time, I thought maybe he had been extremely jealous of his brother, hated his father and experienced a bad disease. It really didn’t make any difference what he had gone through, because as soon as he turned back, his father awaited him with outstretched arms. God healed him of all!
Luke: 15-17 reads, “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.”
God was still there to heal him of all discordance. Today, I will turn to God for everything!
Today, I have had quite a few realizations about worrying. First of all, how can we pray and worry at the same time? Isn’t that questioning God’s omnipresence? Isn’t that doubting that God is the only power there is? To worry about something gives it power and by doing that, it becomes a god! Sin or error can never be in the present, but is always in the past or future and is usually a judgement call. I Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”
When worry tries to tempt me, I will reject it and know God is working His purpose out and that purpose can only bless me.
Some years ago, I attended a convention where, during the devotion, a true story was told about a famous golfer who had been commissioned by a Middle Eastern Shah to come over and teach him how to putt. Of course, all expenses were covered and a large amount of money paid to him for this endeavor. Afterwards, before returning back to the United States, the Shah asked the golfer what he would like to have as a gift and he replied nothing since he had already been paid. The Shah then told him it would be an insult to be refused and once again asked what he would like.
Reluctantly, the golfer told him he loved golf clubs. Several months had passed since the golfer’s return and from time to time he would think about golf clubs and envision sterling silver ones, or diamond-encrusted ones, etc. Then one day he came home to find a certified letter from the Shah with a deed to a large Golf Club in a nearby state. He was shocked and had never in a million years dreamed of a Golf Club!
As I was studying and praying this morning. I realized just how limiting our prayers can be at times when we are outlining them, and I thought about Isaiah 55:8-9 where it reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”